-Credit to William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"
Humor Devices By Isabel G.
Situational Irony Occurs when our expectations of something happening differs with the actual result. Here we have an example where a dentist is scared of having his teeth checked. This is an example of situational irony because we wouldn't normally expect someone who checks teeth to be scared of having their own teeth checked.
Dramatic Irony Occurs when the audience knows something the characters do not. In this scene of Romeo and Juliet, the audience knows that Juliet is alive, where as Romeo assumes her for dead.
Death hath not concealed thy beauty
Pun A joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings. The joke above uses the use of clocks and synonym for eating in order to deliver the joke.
Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It's very time consuming!
Sarcasm Used to mock, tease, state the obvious, state irony, or to mean the opposite of what the speaker intends. Here a teenage girl states the obvious to her mother who criticizes her messy room.
If I wanted your opinion I would have asked for it
Understatement Used to make a situation seem less important than reality. The soldier above has been stabbed in the chest, yet his use of saying "It's just a scratch" makes the wound seem less severe than it actually is.